The murder of Kate Steinle on San Francisco's Pier 14 has returned the spotlight on America's sanctuary cities, where authorities don't pursue illegal immigrants.

Francisco Sanchez, the 45-year-old suspect in Steinle's murder, had been deported from the United States five times, and according to Fox News, he was in jail as recently as April 15 without being prosecuted.

Sanctuary cities began to appear in the 1980s as a means of sheltering immigrants who were trying to escape the violence in South America; then these safe havens began to crop up across the country.

Here's a map that shows the most prominent sanctuary cities in America:

Some of the biggest on the list are:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Chicago
  • Boston
  • Miami

Incredibly, there are over 200 sanctuary cities in the United States that ignore federal law when it comes to prosecuting illegal immigrants.

In terms of the 2016 election, all Republican hopefuls are opposed to sanctuary laws, while all Democratic prospects favor them, according to Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr.

Despite Hilary Clinton's recent criticism of San Francisco, back in 2008 she was a big supporter of the idea:

Many advocates of sanctuary cities think that illegal immigrants will be more likely to cooperate with authorities if they don't live in fear of being deported. However, those who stand against it claim the policy lets dangerous criminals into the country, Steinle's killer being one example.

Here is a list of prominent politicians who support sanctuary cities:

  • Hillary Clinton
  • Jim Webb
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Martin O'Malley
  • Dianne Feinstein

Those against:

  • Mike Huckabee
  • Donald Trump
  • Rand Paul
  • Ben Carson

The Daily Caller reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is putting together a bill in response to the tragic murder of Kate Steinle.

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